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exhaustive test, two fellows spent months
testing dozens of different calibers and
bullet designs and concluded after analyzing all the data that the ideal brush
cartridge did not exist, with the bottom
line being to never shoot through brush
at all and to make your first shot count.
Four identical bullets of the same
caliber and design fired from the same
gun through a single branch or dowel of
the same diameter may give four different
results, including: fragmentation, hitting
the target, tumbling then keyholing, or
missing the target board completely.
Those inconsistencies make it easy to
understand the unpredictability of shooting through brush.
Overall, some bullets and calibers
performed better than others in tests, but
the word "better" cannot be defined as
being either reliable or humane. Rather, it
is used to describe a slug that sometimes
reached and struck somewhere on or
near the target. These were usually slow,
heavy, blunt, big-bore rounds, including
12-gauge slugs.
High-velocity, small-bore spitzers
tended to be sent spinning away after hitting an obstruction. Even the flight of the
mighty .50 BMG was sent tumbling in a
few tests, as well as gargantuan calibers
chambered in guns meant for the world's
largest big-game animals.
Conversely, many tests concluded that
bullets with a high ballistic coefficiency
were better performers.
So, it's all a guessing game as to what
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might happen on any given shot through
brush with any known cartridge.
The true hunter who seeks a quick,
humane kill knows that when the sight
picture shows twigs and branches are
obscuring a deer's vitals, it's best to wait
for it to move into an opening that offers
optimum bullet placement.
My guns of choice for hunting the
thick stuff this season? I'll be posting at
a productive stand just outside a thicket
on the Saturday opener with a diminutive 5¼-pound, single-shot, full-stocked
Merkel K3 Stutzen in .270. The cast relief
on the left side of this boxlock is of a
whitetail buck bounding for cover, exactly
what I will be hoping for come first light.
On the first Monday, I'll be tucked
away deep in that same thicket, but with
the same rifle I'll use in bear season in
a storied chambering leftover from my
Africa days: a .375 H&H Magnum in a
21¼-inch-barreled Sako 85 Brown Bear,
scoped with a Swarovski 1-6x.
I know what you might be thinking,
but I don't believe there is such a thing as
being over-gunned.
Besides, when things get slow, I can
daydream of a hulking brown bear padding along on a trail through the alders, or
a Cape buffalo pounding through a patch
of thorn scrub.
But a 500-pound Pennsylvania black
bear moving through the rhododendron,
or a bruiser of a buck seeking refuge in
deep cover will set the heart pounding
just as well.
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